Arts & Culture

Experience top-notch arts and culture at Towson University.

Cots sit around in a circle with drawing on them in the Dream Refuge art installation
Asian Arts and Culture Center presents:

Dream Refuge for children imprisoned

While children safely slumber in this healing space by Na Omi Judy Shintani, visitors gain insight into the experiences of Japanese American children incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II, Native American boarding school children denied their culture and taken from their communities, and the Central American children imprisoned, separated from their families, and living in squalid conditions at the U.S. border.

Visitors are invited to bring offerings (origami, small toys, paper flowers) and leave messages on an altar in the exhibit to honor the imprisoned children. The items will be used in future ceremonies and will not be returned.

Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2037  |  February 7 – May 18 (closed March 17 – 24), Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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A fun, colorful, youthful illustration of a woman at home
Asian Arts and Culture Center presents:

Mini-Exhibition: Children’s Book Art by Japanese American Illustrators

Delight in the imaginative worlds of award-winning children’s book illustrators, Melissa Iwai and Katie Yamasaki, while learning about courage, love and adaptation by an incarcerated Japanese American family; intercultural sharing among immigrant families; and multicultural Zen-inspired stories. Become energized by to support the welfare of children, intercultural understanding, healing, and peace.

Vitrines outside the Asian Arts Gallery  |  February 7 – May 18

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A close up on hands playing a steel drum in dramatic stage lighting
TU Department of Music presents:

World Music and Steel Pan Ensembles

The students of the TU Steel Pan and World Music Ensembles present works from a diverse array of cultures.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 1 at 6 p.m.

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A saxophone player fingers keys against a black background
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Improvisation Ensembles

Under the direction of Professor John Dierker, the improvisation ensembles perform an evening of completely improvised music based not on traditional melody/harmony, but rather on a set of predetermined and/or improvised parameters.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  May 1 at 8 p.m.

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Psychedelic, multicolored dancers overlap across each other
TU Department of Dance presents:

TU Dance Company Concert: Multiplicity

This world is a beautiful blend of perspectives, goals, wants, needs and roadblocks. Dance and the dancers can portray the myriad perspectives we all have through the simplest form of communicating, our bodies. “Multiplicity” aims to show the variety of human life in all its beauty.

Stephens Hall Theatre  |  May 1 – 5

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A black and white photo of artist Jackie Milad looking thoughtfully at the camera
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

Lecture: Artist and Curator Jackie Milad

Jakie Milad is a Baltimore based artist, curator, and educator whose mixed-media abstract drawings and collages address the layers, history, and complexities surrounding multi-ethnic identity. Her practice explores symbolism and abstraction, creating a unique world by blending what appears to be disparate imagery and language from her Egyptian-Honduran immigrant upbringing. Milad received her BFA from Tufts University, and her MFA from Towson University. This lecture opens the Towson University Senior Show.

Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032  |  May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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A medieval woman stiffly poses for a painting while wearing headphones and holding a record
TU Department of Music presents:

Early Music and Chamber Music Ensembles Recital

Towson University's Early Music Ensemble and Chamber Music Ensembles present their spring showcase recital.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  May 2 at 8 p.m.

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A fun, child-like logo for TU's production of A Year With Frog and Toad
TU Department of Theatre Arts presents:

A Year With Frog and Toad

A musical written by brothers Robert (music) and Willie Reale (book and lyrics), based on the Frog and Toad children's stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, directed by Christopher Carcione.

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons, in an exuberant musical for the whole family.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 3 – 11

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The logo for the 2024 Spring Senior Exhibition in TU's black and gold
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

2024 Spring Senior Exhibition

The Senior show features students’ works that represent the various tracks, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, crafts, metalworking/jewelry, ceramics, digital art and design, photography, and printmaking.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040, and Holtzman MFA Gallery, CA 2040  |  May 3 – 16

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A graceful dancer spins around in front of a drawing of the mythical firebird
TU Community Dance Center presents:


Journey into the mystical Russian fairytale of Firebird, where friendship defeats an evil sorcerer with the help from a magical bird. Join the young dancers from our TU Community Dance Center for a family-friendly afternoon dance performance.

All patrons of all ages must have a valid ticket to enter.

Stephens Hall Theatre  |  May 4 at 2 p.m.

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TU Choral singers perform happily on stage
TU Department of Music presents:

A Choral Evening of Songs and Poetry

Join the TU Choirs for a special evening of music inspired by folk songs and poetry. Featuring Professor Troy King on guitar.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 4 at 7 p.m.

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Singers from TU Choral groups perform in the Kaplan Concert Hall
TU Department of Music presents:

I Dream a World: Choral Songs of Peace and Hope

Towson University Choral Society and the newly formed Alumni Chorus will present a concert celebrating human courage, love and resilience.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 5 at 3 p.m.

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A guitarist plays against a dark, moody background
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Classical Guitar Soloists and Ensembles Concert

Towson University student guitarists present an evening of the beauty and intimacy of classical guitar music! Join them for guitar solos and ensembles from various eras and cultures. Featured on the program is music by J.S. Bach and Leo Brouwer, as well as standards for the classical guitar repertoire.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  May 7 at 8 p.m.

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Seen through other players, a flutist holds her flute up to her lips
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Symphonic Band

Join the TU Symphonic Band for their year end concert, “Bloom,” featuring an eclectic mix of music that celebrates spring and new growth.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 8 at 8 p.m.

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A student musician skillfully plays the trumpet during a concert
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Wind Ensemble in Concert

Join the Towson University Wind Ensemble for a rousing evening of band music.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 9 at 8 p.m.

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A trumpeter plays passionately under colorful theatrical lighting
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Jim McFalls, the TU Jazz Orchestra will perform an evening of music highlighting soloists and composers/arrangers from within the ensemble.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  May 10 at 8 p.m.

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A fun, whimsical illustration of a young girl with a wagon of new pottery she's just bought
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

51st Annual Spring Pottery & Art Sale

One of a kind ceramics, prints, paintings, photography, jewelry, glass and more from our students, faculty and staff.

Ceramics Studio, CA 3012  |  May 10 from 3 – 9 p.m., May 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Musicians in the wind section look down at their sheet music while playing in a concert
TU Department of Music presents:

TU Wind Symphony In Concert

Join Towson University wind and percussion alumni for an afternoon of exciting music for concert band.

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  May 12 at 12 p.m.

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A movie theater audience smiles and reacts happily as they look at the screen
TU Department of Electronic Media and Film presents:

End of Semester Screenings

Join us for screenings of original media projects created by the audio production students in the Department of Electronic Media and Film. Free and open to the public. Program may contain material recommended for mature audiences.

Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium  |  May 17 – 18

Upcoming Events

Night of Korean Songs: Longing  |  October 4 at 8 p.m.

Peggy Friedmann Gordon Competition Winners Recital  |  November 12 at 11 a.m.

Improvisation Ensembles  |  November 20 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Showcase  |  December 2 – 9 at 8 p.m.

Murray Jazz Residency, feat. Joe Lovano  |  December 4 – 6 at 8 p.m.

TU Jazz Orchestra  |  December 6 at 8 p.m.

Lieberman Scholarship Award Convocation  |  April 17, 2025, at 11 a.m.

Talent Award Winners Convocation  |  April 22, 2025, at 11 a.m.


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Galleries and Art Spaces

Center for the Arts Gallery

Center for the Arts Gallery

Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery showcases some of the region’s finest artwork. Open to the public.

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Exhibit at the Holtzman Gallery

Holtzman MFA Gallery

Located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery focuses on thesis exhibitions and new work by students and invited guests. Open to the public.

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Sculpture Walk

TU’s public art collection features outdoor sculptures around campus. Begin the walk at the Center for the Arts.

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